Welcome to the Holistic Hen - Sharing Experiences Raising Organic Chickens, Quail & Pigeons

Organically raised chickens, quail, fantail pigeons and the occasional guest poultry all living in 1000m2 of organic forest garden. The following articles attempt to look at the poultry's view of life in the backyard and to observe and share how they thrive and survive in the environment we created for them. On the occasions when I need to intervene, I do so with a holistic approach to the bird as an individual and also to infer from the situation what this tells me about the general health, happiness and dynamics of the flock. I look at stress management and show how to use nutrition and phytotherapy for both prevention and cure of various conditions. These articles are on-going, they occur either as they happen to us or because someone has asked me for help with their birds and thus to share what I have learned from the experience. Below you will find links to my latest article and my latest YouTube video


The Twelve Chickens (Days) of Christmas Song

This is probably one of my most crazy ideas to date. The premise being to gather together as many of our flock(s) as possible to fulfil the criteria for this variation on the old carol: The Twelve Days of Christmas, which celebrates gift giving (mostly of a feathery kind) over the Christmas period; 25th December - 5th January. 

Chamois Polish Rooster, Cockerel

In my head it was quite easy to work out how to choose the different individuals for the film. All these birds live together in the forest garden but as they are attached to different coops and trees, each with their attendant dominant birds and when it came to collecting them up, I realised how easily this could turn into a Christmas recipe for disaster.....read more


Squee and English White Quail (Part 3 in The Colours of Quail Series)